Recording not one but two classic albums in 1970, Sabbath were on a roll. With Ward driving War Pigs with a hi-hat and laying the doom down on Iron Man, Paranoid was destined for all-time classic status.
Bill Ward says:
“I like Paranoid because we were touring the world at that time - and you can hear the real birth of the band. When Geezer Butler started writing songs like Iron Man, it separated us from everything else that was going on. Everyone was like, ‘What’s this?’ - and it’s very important to look at that, because that was the difference between us and some of the other louder bands at the time.”
“It was the lyrical content as well as the music that made us different, and this album was a pinnacle for us, with songs like Hand Of Doom. I loved how we all contributed our parts. Paranoid was the jumping-off point.”
“How did I come up with the hi-hat in War Pigs? That was the swing thing again - I’d done exactly the same thing on Wicked World, which appeared on the first album. It was all Buddy Rich!”
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